Psalms 23:4 —– Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
The power of this verse is that David knows from his experience that when the shadow of death arrives he has nothing to fear for although the mountain sides are steep, the sky is dark and closing in, the Lord, his shepherd is there with him and will not leave him alone even if he cannot see him. The shepherd will be there to both protect and also to comfort.
This passage is truly one of hope in the darkness of depression. It tells us that it is normal to go through the valley of the shadow of death, but we have a reassurance through the Word of God that we are not alone when we do. God has promised to be with us and will not leave us even if the fog has fallen and our way ahead is obscured. The loving shepherd will comfort His sheep and lead them through to the pastures beyond where there is life and hope and peace.
Job 5:7 —– Yet man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
As long as we are living on this planet earth, we are going to face trouble. It is not God who is causing this trouble, as the Word of God in John10:10 tells us that the thief (Satan) comes to steal, kill and destroy and it is Jesus who has come to give us life, life in abundance.
Amidst the chaos of a world that is filled with darkness, it is challenging to focus on the promises of God. In our painful trials, problems can appear insurmountable with the victory through them seemingly unreachable. Yet we are not without hope. There is a place of rest where we can have the peace of Christ despite our struggle.
Jesus left us the Holy Spirit to help us in our weakness. The same immense power that raised Christ from the dead lives in the heart of every believer. We only need to open our mouth and speak and believe the promises of God which are written in the Holy Bible.
No matter how bad our situation seems we must never lose hope. We have no idea what greatness God has planned for our life. We don’t have to feel Christ to know that He is with us. While it is difficult enduring the trials that bring brokenness, God knows the work He must do in your life. He who began a good work in us knows how to complete it. His ways are higher than ours. He knows the length of our days and has our next step prepared for us.
The Word of God tells us repeatedly that heaven’s royal army is standing by us to protect and defend us. God’s plan for us cannot be hindered by our heartache, struggle, sickness, addiction, divorce or financial problems. We can’t fail. All we need to do is stand in faith and see what God can do. If we are equipped with the Word of God, there is no battle in our life that is stronger than God’s ability to take us through it!
No matter what you are facing today, know this: You are not alone and you are just walking through.